Farmer goes to Blue Scorpions over Exxaro

2012-05-14 09:40

Delmas - A farmer from Delmas, Mpumalanga has lodged a complaint against mining company Exxaro with the Blue Scorpions, Beeld reported on Monday.

The mining giant had allegedly destroyed one wetland and commenced mining in a second.

Three weeks ago Minister of Water and Environment Affairs Edna Molewa said in a written response to a question by the Democratic Alliance that Exxaro had broken the law at its Leeuwpan coalmine.

Delmas farmer Peet Bezuidenhout said on Sunday he had complained to Blue Scorpions head Nigel Adams, because Exxaro had depleted a wetland area, and now, most recently, drained a pan before beginning another mining operation. The wetland area and the pan were situated next to each other on the farm Weltevreden.

Adams said law enforcers would visit the farm on Monday.

Exxaro spokesperson Hilton Atkinson told Beeld he would respond to questions on Monday.

Molewa said in her written response to the DA that officials from her department had already visited the farm twice, and that Exxaro had been explicitly warned it had damaged the wetland, and transgressed the terms of its licensing agreement.

According to Molewa, the mining giant was not allowed to use any water that affected the functioning of the wetland.

  • william.sudding - 2012-05-14 09:47

    Take away their mining license immediately. Ban them from mining for 5 years. Let there be an example for others who dont care about the environment but only for enriching themselves.

      randomhero6661 - 2012-05-14 10:35

      and unemployment goes up?

      Stille - 2012-05-14 10:37

      Agreed. This is typical of old state parastatals that they think they can get away with this. They are probabaly still greasing some hairy palms all the way up to the president. Suspend their license.

      bobby.mykonos - 2012-05-14 11:20

      -26° 10' 8.63", +28° 43' 37.49" That appears to be the location of the mine (according to Google Maps).

      RockChick - 2012-05-14 12:05

      Yes suspend their license so that our unemployment stats can sky rocket!

      Stille - 2012-05-14 12:19

      Yes rockchick - lets rape the land, poison the groundwater and scorch the earth so that you can employ 1000 more people. Shortsighted people annoy me.

      Shadipity - 2012-05-14 15:21

      I have it from a reliable source that the Blue Scorpions are currently at the Leeupan site and that Axxaro’s mining permits are in order and that they are adhering to all environmental restrictions. Personally I think the farmer in question is trying to pressure the mine in to buy him out for that piece of land.

  • Peter - 2012-05-14 09:49

    Its always all words no action! Someone needs to actually do something to stop them they are destroying the natural habitat for thousands of animals. They should be finned heavily in the millions of rands

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-14 10:25

    This is criminal, the people who transgress like this should go to jail, damage to these places has long term effects that the farmers and the community have to live with!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-14 10:42

    Since when has big business given a damn?, government and business subscribe to the same corporate culture notion that profit justifies everything.

  • Michael - 2012-05-14 11:26

    What do they care....this story makes me more sick thank looking at Malema stupid face

  • jomardl - 2012-05-14 11:50


  • allison.steedman - 2012-05-14 13:02

    @Stille - pot, kettle, black. You are being even more shortsighted thatn Rockchick. Exxaro does not only employ 1000 people. SA already has an unemployment rate of over 25%. Putting 10,000 people out of work is morally indefensible. Yes, the company is wrong, but penalise them monetarily - do not take away the livelihoods of 10,000 innocent people - in fact, consider this, if only 50% of the 10,000 workforce have a family of 4, that equates to 20,000 people, then say that 50% of the remaining 5000 people support 1 other person, another 10,000 people affected. Taking away their licence could easily impact on the lives of 30,000 people. You are far more shortsighted and annoying than Rockchick

      Stille - 2012-05-14 14:32

      So your logic goes - Let them get away with illegal mining so we can employ more people. Wow, you must work for exxaro. Its idiots like you who are responsible for entire communities to be displaced because a mine poisoned the water table or environment. Guess what brightspark, you end up paying for it because government relocates and pays for the land rehabilitation. Furthermore, your math is BS to say the least. Exxaro can fund the salaries during the suspension period with the profits they make in Australia, China and Namibia without even blinking. Its because they dont give a hoot about what they do to turn a profit that they get away with murder. Now sit down before you hurt yourself

      Gerald - 2012-05-14 14:39

      Where did you go to school 50% of 500 is 2500 X 2(Themselves plus one other) equals 5000 not 10000.Also you condone breaking the law as long as people are employed and supporting others.

      Stille - 2012-05-14 14:43

      Coal miner - entry level - Minimun wage - R6000-00 pm give or take. Lets say only a percentage of your workforce they employ are miners earning R10 000 per month, with overtime and benefits. Call it 8 000 x R10 000 per month only for the labourers. Now management ( you in other words ) earn R80 000 per month, thats 2000 x R80 000 per month. Suspend their license for 6 months, they will think twice before they screw up like NUCO did in Nigel and Springs.

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